Golden Burma

12 Days from £2,449

​Be among the first visitors to set foot in this relatively new and intriguing holiday destination. Wondrous sights include thousands of sparkling pagodas, centuries old golden Buddha images and the incredible floating gardens of Inle Lake.

Departure from: Nov 2018 - Nov 2018


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  • Return flights from Heathrow with Thai Airways and internal flights
  • 9 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners


  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage

Included holiday highlights

  • ​Sunset visit to the spectacular golden Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Tour of Bagan, known as the 'city of four thousand pagodas'
  • Dinner in a restaurant in Bagan with traditional puppet show
  • Visit the busy market at Nyaung Oo and its neighbouring villages
  • Explore the cultural city of Mandalay
  • Cruise the great Ayeyarwaddy River to the village of Mingun
  • Pindaya orientation walk to Botoloke Lake (evening)
  • Visit the intriguing Pindaya Caves, containing thousands of Buddha images
  • See spectacular sights on a private motorboat trip on Inle Lake
  • Inle Lake tour, including a Shan picnic lunch in a bamboo forest
  • Experience Yangon, the former capital of Burma

Your Itinerary


DAY 1 UK/Yangon via Bangkok

​Depart on your flight to Yangon via Bangkok, Burma's largest city, also known as Rangoon.​

DAY 2 Yangon

​After checking in at your hotel, enjoy an included lunch at a nearby restaurant. A highlight of today will be our included sunset visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda. This golden stupa dominates the skyline rising almost 98 metres above the cityscape. Your Local Guide will introduce you to the fascinating Buddhist rituals practised in Burma, and there's the opportunity to purchase unique religious items.

DAY 3 Bagan

​Today you'll take an early flight to Bagan, known as the 'city of four thousand pagodas', where you will stay for two nights. Your explorations begin at an elevated temple, which offers panoramic views of the Bagan plains and gives you a taste of the sheer number of temples that surround you. Visit the Ananda temple, with its striking gilded spires and gold leaf-adorned Buddha images, before strolling amid a host of other monuments where local farmers and families work. You'll also visit workshops producing lacquerware and wooden crafts.

Early this evening you might choose to join our optional sunset cruise where you can absorb Bagan's beauty as you sip a cocktail. Later, dinner is included at a restaurant, with a traditional puppet show.​

DAY 4 Bagan

​Start the day with an included visit to the lively Nyaung Oo market. You'll also have the opportunity to explore the surrounding villages, meet the locals and experience their daily lives. Lunch is included today.​

DAY 5 Mandalay

​This morning, you'll fly to Mandalay, which will be your base for two nights. With the remains of the old Royal City and many monasteries, Mandalay is a showcase for art and 19th century architecture. Your included tour begins with a walk up to Mandalay Hill and a visit to the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, where a huge Buddha carved from a single block of marble resides. After visiting the Shwenandaw Monastery you'll check in at your hotel. Your sightseeing resumes this afternoon with visits to the Mahamuni Pagoda and a drive to Amarapura to take a stroll along the U Bein Bridge which crosses the Taungthamen Lake. As the sun begins to set, casting an orange glow on the water, watch as local people and robed monks make their way across. This evening we include dinner at a local restaurant.​

DAY 6 Mandalay

​This morning's excursion will take you to the famous Ayeyarwaddy River. You'll arrive at Mingun, home to the impressive Mingun Paya pagoda, which remains unfinished despite construction beginning in 1790. Explore the village, home to a bell said to be the largest uncracked working bell in the world, and enjoy a visit to the white pagoda complex at Settawya.

DAY 7 Pindaya

​There's a long and rewarding day ahead as you journey by road to Pindaya, on the banks of the Botoloke Lake. Enjoy a lunch stop en route before arrival at your hotel. This evening, join a Local Guide on an orientation walk of the town, before dinner at your hotel.

DAY 8 Inle Lake

​You're heading to Inle Lake today, with a morning visit to the renowned Pindaya Caves and a lunch stop en route. After a short tour of the small town of Nyaung Shwe you'll board a private motorboat and head to the lake. Dinner is included this evening.​

DAY 9 Inle Lake

​Early this morning we offer an optional excursion which gives you chance to watch the sun rise from a boat on Inle Lake. Later you'll headt to the colourful five-day market, where you can watch the locals as they trade goods. This is followed by a visit to the five gold coloured Buddha images at Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and the Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery. In the afternoon we include a canal cruise to the village of Indein. Here, we'll stop for a picnic lunch in a bamboo forest. Climb the hill to come face to face with a glorious Buddha image which sits enshrined among hundreds of stupa ruins. If there's time before your return boat trip, you can learn more about the history and culture of the lake's indigenous people at Inthar Heritage House.​

DAY 10 Yangon

​There's an early transfer to the airport today for your flight back to Yangon. Discover its highlights on an included tour. As you stroll downtown peer through alleyways crammed with food stalls and see the British colonial influences displayed in the area's architecture. You'll see the majestic Strand Hotel and ancient temples such as the Sule Pagoda before visiting the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda. There's time for a spot of shopping at Scott Market before you reach Chinatown, with its vibrant street stalls. This evening we include a farewell dinner at the fine-dining Le Planteur restaurant.​

DAY 11 Yangon/UK

​Today you'll transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK via Bangkok.


​You'll arrive back in the UK today​.


Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.


Day 2 :

Sedona Hotel Yangon
Sedona Hotel Yangon is situated within proximity to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda and Inya Lake. Hotel facilities include D''Cuisine buffet breakfast, Du Fu Restaurant, Ice Bar, lobby lounge and Orzo Restaurant.

Day 3 - 4 :

The Aye Yar River View Resort
Located on the banks of Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) River. Hotel facilities include restaurant, spa and wellness centre, outdoor pool, garden and free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Bedrooms have private facilities.

Day 5 - 6 :

Shwe Pyi Thar
Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar is situated in the elegant city of Mandalay, a place where cultural heritage of artisans, visual and performing arts, and the scenic beauty of Myanmar''s central plains come together to make it a perfect destination for any discerning traveler. Five minutes from city center, Hotel Shwe Pyi Thar is set in unique environs: the flourishing city of Mandalay advances on one side and on the other the green patchwork of paddy fields stretches out into hazy Shan mountain ranges in the distance Cozy deluxe rooms are also furnished with teakwood furniture and floorings, each looking out on the city skyline or the green fields with mountain views. Choose from twin single beds or a double bed for a wonderful night sleep and help yourself to the complimentary tea and coffee selection

Day 7 :

Pindaya Inle Inn Hotel
Situated in Shan hill, Pindaya town situated at the entrance of the town facing the beautiful Ponetaloke Lake. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, massage & spa and free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Private bedroom facilities are included.

Day 8 - 9 :

Amata Garden Resort
Cosy rooms with fantastic mountain or lake views. The Amata Garden Resort is situated on Inle Lake, just 10 minutes boat ride from Paung Paw Oo Pagoda.

Day 10 :

Sedona Hotel Yangon
Sedona Hotel Yangon is situated within proximity to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda and Inya Lake. Hotel facilities include D''Cuisine buffet breakfast, Du Fu Restaurant, Ice Bar, lobby lounge and Orzo Restaurant.

Dates and Prices


THU 15 NOV 18

London (Heathrow)





Singapore Airlines

Thursday 15 November 2018


09:10 London (Heathrow)


06:05 Singapore (Changi)

Operated by

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Friday 16 November 2018


07:55 Singapore (Changi)


09:20 Yangon (Mingaladon)

Operated by

Singapore Airlines

Silk Air - MI

Sunday 25 November 2018


17:35 Yangon (Mingaladon)


22:10 Singapore (Changi)

Operated by

Silk Air

Singapore Airlines - SQ

Sunday 25 November 2018


23:45 Singapore (Changi)


05:55 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Singapore Airlines

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Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Bagan - Sunset cruise including cocktail

FROM £22

You will be driven late in the afternoon to the jetty where a private wooden river boat awaits you. Sitting either under the shade or on the open-deck you’ll be treated to fabulous views as you cruise down the Irrawaddy River. You’ll cruise past several small villages, fishermen, local boats and of course many of the ubiquitous Myanmar Buddhist temples. The views of Bagan from the river are particularly spectacular and offer a different perspective from the land based tours. As you finish your delicious and refreshing cocktail and the sun begins to sink slowly from view, you will prepare to disembark before being driven back, greatly relaxed, to your hotel for the evening. The perfect end to a busy day of sightseeing in Bagan!

Evening excursion - Minimal walking - Scenic


Inle Lake - Serene Sunrise on Inle Lake

FROM £35

Get up early this morning and travel in the pre-dawn light out onto Inle Lake. At a scenic spot, the boat driver will turn off the engine and a mug of hot tea or coffee will be served to you whilst you enjoy the sunrise over the lake. At this tranquil time of day you will be privileged to have the lake almost free of visitors, with local fishermen and market vendors being the main people out at this hour. Continue through a local village to see the morning activities of the lake’s residents as they prepare for their day and then return to your hotel for breakfast. (Note: temperatures may be very cold from October – March. A blanket will be provided however we recommend dressing accordingly).

Early morning excursion – Minimal walking - unforgettable



Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

Golden Burma with Ngwe Saung Add-on

Extend your holiday to 16 days from £399

Oct 2018 - Nov 2018 Departures

Why not extend your holiday with a relaxing stay beside the beautiful white beaches of Ngwe Saung after your Burma holiday. You will stay in a hotel such as the 4-star Eskala Ngwe Saung for three nights, with one night in Yangon before you depart for the UK. Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis. Your hotel features a pool, and guest rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning. You will be accompanied by a Tour Manager.

Local Knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:


At the Shwedagon Pagoda I recommend that you put your camera aside and immerse yourself in the splendour of this special place.


Golden Burma

Travelsphere Cares: Donate a Fishing Boat

Travelsphere CaresTravelsphere made a huge difference in Burma to one family’s future by donating a fishing boat and nets through its Travelsphere Cares initiative.

Throughout 2015, Travelsphere made donations to a fund for each booking we received on our Golden Burma holiday.

“Our local agent in Burma met with the village elders of Kay Le Village on Inle Lake and asked who should receive the fishing boat that Travelsphere had purchased. We wanted to ensure that the boat and fishing nets would really make a difference. It was a unanimous decision to give the boat to the family of U Sein Pei,” said Tracey McKinnon, Travelsphere’s Group Operations Director.

U Sein Pei’s wife passed away two years ago and he has two young children, so thanks to the fishing boat and nets he can now provide for his family.

“It is so rewarding that we have been able to make a difference to a whole family through our Travelsphere Cares initiative. I would like to thank all of our customers who have helped in this success through travelling to Burma and experiencing this wonderful country for themselves,” added Tracey.

Travelsphere customers on one particular Golden Burma tour enjoyed a change to their tour itinerary when they were invited to the home of U Sein Pei.

U Sein Pei welcomed Travelsphere customers to his house where they were served with local tea, rice crackers and tea leaf salad, before being given a tour of the new fishing boat to see first-hand what a difference they had made.

Travelsphere Cares is an initiative which means as a company, Travelsphere is able to give something back to the communities which are so welcoming to all of the guests that travel with us.

View our Tour Image Gallery to see photos of our customers visit to U Sein Pei's home

Tour Blog by Yvette

Tour Manager, Yvette, led a recent Travelsphere tour to Burma and wrote a blog about her experiences. Find out what Yvette thought of this fascinating country below...

When you think of Burma, or Myanmar as it is now known, you think of temples and pagodas but there really is so much more to the country than that. A country as diverse as its people, in fact Burma has 135 ethnic tribes, is rich in history and much of it being made right now with the more open democracy it is trying to encourage. Burma has been boycotted for so many years and now people are keen to discover this golden gem. So what does Burma have to offer its visitors?


Shwe Dagon PagodaTours generally start with sunset at the Shwe Dagon Pagoda and that really does offer a jaw dropping entrance. Shwe means ‘gold’ in Burmese and it’s a word that pre-fixes most of the names of the temples and pagodas that we see. As the sun sets on the Shwe Dagon pagoda, and local people going there for prayer, I like to think that this is Burma inviting you to savour more of the country.


The next stop on our tour is Bagan and although Mandalay is the place that people are looking forward to the most - thanks largely to Rudyard Kipling - it is Bagan that surprises everybody. With over 3,500 stupors and an early morning mist, the scene is set for one of awe! I usually like to take groups to a nice high point to give a panoramic perspective of the countryside surrounding Bagan on arrival.  It’s the countryside around the town that is also the most appealing. We sample local country life with a trip to the morning market, followed by a little trip out to one of the villages to see the oxen ploughing the fields and laquerware being made in the workshops.

No trip to Bagan would be complete without a trip at the end of the day down the Irrawaddy River at sunset sampling the locally made rum sour!


Our next stop is Mandalay and whilst people’s expectations of the city are high, it is the surrounding area of Mandalay that is the most interesting. Considered to be one the holiest cities in Myanmar, it has the highest concentration of Buddhist monasteries in the country, a visit to the city would not be complete without a little look at monastic life.

Ubein BridgeClose to the city is also one of Myanmar’s gems - and for me always a highlight to visit - and that is the iconic Ubein Bridge. 1.2km long and made of teak, it is one of the longest wooden bridges in the world but it is the daily life commute that also makes it such a delight to visit.  We take small boats out to watch the sun set with commuting monks traversing the bridge, cast in silhouette that has made it one of the country’s most photographed icons, and it’s not hard to see why!


After Mandalay, it is a bus trip up to Pindaya. A small village quite literally off the beaten track that, again holds one of the country’s little surprises. The little Inn where we stay has some of the best food in the country and dinner is always a cosy affair! The cave at Pindaya offers yet another surprise. Written in the itinerary, it says there are over 8,000 Buddha images but they aren’t pictures as one expects; they are statues. 8,000 statues in a variety of different shapes and sizes!

Inle Lake

We then head off to Heho on our tour, at the edge of Inle Lake. Inle Lake, like much of Burma, is a photographer’s paradise with the beautiful natural light that the lake offers. The lake has been made famous these days by the fisherman who control the conical nets with their feet. Whilst it has to be said that these days they fish more for tourists than for fish, it is certainly still a popular way of life on the lake for the local people.

Indein MarketFor colour, a trip to the 5 day market is always a highlight on the lake and is held in a different town on the lake on a 5 day rotation. This is the ideal time for some shopping. The Shan State, where Inle Lake is situated, is one of the most colourful places in the country - largely due to the local people dressing in their brightly coloured head scarves. Local people travel far and wide to shop and bring produce to the market and time spent here is always welcomed by the group.


Perhaps, one of the last highlights of the tour, is a picnic lunch in the bamboo forest of Indein. A BBQ prepared in the forest and served on skewers in coconuts is another of the surprises that we offer on this tour and groups are often amazed by the quality of the food prepared and served in the forest.

With a country so diverse, and offering so many highlights, groups often struggle to say which bit was actually their favourite. They arrive with ideas of how they imagine modern Myanmar to be and all are surprised how culturally rich and diverse it actually is and of course no visit to Burma would be complete without mentioning the local people that we come into daily contact with. All of whom are friendly and welcoming making this a country so warm and rich in so many different ways.

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